facilitating community development


Development processes that help communities, groups, and individuals transform their ideas into reality through improved capacities in innovation, learning, critical thinking, dialogue, and teamwork.

Capacity development, training, facilitation and conflict transformation

Communication for development, interpersonal, radio, photography, video

Community based natural resource management

Project planning, cycle management, monitoring and evaluation

Participatory research methods and design

work experience



North America


MA Transpersonal Counseling Psychology: Wilderness Therapy (Naropa University, USA)

MSc Capacity Building & Community Development (University of Guelph, Canada)

BA Anthropology & Human Ecology (University of Colorado, USA)

Study abroad- 12 months in Bolivia and Chile (School for International Training, USA)

about yapame

"Yapame" (yah-pa-may) is a Spanish word with roots in Quechua, an indigenous language spoken by about 738,500 people in the Andean countries of Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador. The term is commonly used at the end of a transaction in a Bolivian marketplace. After paying, the buyer says "yapame" ("give me a little something extra") and the seller gives her an item free of charge. The "yapa" can simply be more of what was purchased, or something new for the buyer to try.

This serves to cement the relationship between community members by creating reciprocity between them -- the buyer is more likely to purchase from a vendor who has been generous to her, and the seller has made a small investment in convincing the buyer to return. Sustainable community development is based on these kinds of personal relationships and daily interactions.


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